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pSSU1, a native plasmid of Streptococcus suis DAT1, was used to construct pSET-series shuttle vectors. In addition to the replication function of pSSU1, these vectors contain the multiple cloning sites and lacZ' gene from pUC19, which means that X-gal screening can be used to select recombinants in Escherichia coli. pSET1, pSET2, and pSET3 carry cat, spc,(More)
Three thermosensitive (Ts) suicide vectors, pSET4s, pSET5s, and pSET6s, have been constructed for gene replacement in Streptococcus suis. Each vector contains an antibiotic-resistance gene (spc or cat), a Ts replication origin of pWV01 lineage, multiple cloning sites, lacZ', and the ColE1 replication origin of pUC19. These vectors could be propagated at 37(More)
Recent reports have linked the expression of specific microRNAs (miRNAs) with tumorigenesis and metastasis. Here, we show that microRNA (miR)-16, which is expressed at lower levels in prostate cancer cells, affects the proliferation of human prostate cancer cell lines both in vitro and in vivo. Transient transfection with synthetic miR-16 significantly(More)
Human artificial chromosome (HAC) has several advantages as a gene therapy vector, including stable episomal maintenance that avoids insertional mutations and the ability to carry large gene inserts including the regulatory elements. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have great potential for gene therapy, as such cells can be generated from the(More)
Pulmonary metastases are the main cause of death in patients with osteosarcoma, however, the molecular mechanisms of metastasis are not well understood. To detect lung metastasis-related microRNA (miRNA) in human osteosarcoma, we compared parental (HOS) and its subclone (143B) human osteosarcoma cell lines showing lung metastasis in a mouse model. miR-143(More)
Early detection and treatment are critical in the management of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, there is no standard serum biomarker to facilitate early diagnosis or prognostic stratification in patients with RCC. Recent reports suggest that circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have great potential as biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis in patients with(More)
The virulence plasmids of the equine virulent strains Rhodococcus equi ATCC 33701 and 103 were sequenced, and their genetic structure was analyzed. p33701 was 80,610 bp in length, and p103 was 1 bp shorter; their sequences were virtually identical. The plasmids contained 64 open reading frames (ORFs), 22 of which were homologous with genes of known function(More)
Cyclo-oxygenase (COX) is a key enzyme in the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostanoids. The expression of its isoforms, COX-1 and -2 is found in many human malignancies. This study analyzed the correlation between COX expression and the pathobiological nature of human oral mucosa, dysplasias and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). We examined 9 specimens(More)
BACKGROUND It is possible that patients who have undergone total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are at a high risk of falling. However, there are insufficient data to confirm the incidence and risk factors for falling in patients after TKA compared with healthy elderly counterparts. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the incidence and risk factors for(More)
Arpp, a protein containing an ankyrin repeat domain, PEST sequence, and proline-rich region, is a novel ankyrin-repeated protein highly homologous to Carp, which is proposed to be the putative genetic marker for cardiac hypertrophy. In this study, we comparatively analyzed expression of Arpp and Carp protein in skeletal and cardiac muscles and(More)